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Political Transition #5

It Won't Be All Roses

Pressure for a transition from the Conventionalist mode to the Transcendentalist mode builds with the development of a spiritual crisis.

The Conventionalist ethos will emerge during an era of unmistakable duplicity of the political classes and a perceived failure of the political system. People will say: "it's broken", and yet strive for continuity. After a long period of blaming the politicians, their own responsibility will emerge. The Conventionalist mode specifically enables new norms built around social pressure rather than legislation: see a hypothetical strategy.

Social consensus will be dominated by conventional wisdom, and an insistence on correction of egregious errors. Plain common sense will be trumpeted. See examples.

As the process of positive change unfolds, three core weaknesses of Conventionalism will become increasingly evident:

Spiritual Crisis within Society

Whatever its economic or military state, no society can be strong without a spirit infused with ideals, profundity and sensitivity. The end result is likely to be a spiritual crisis within society.

This crisis will likely take the form of a deep questioning of authority, of social values and of the capability of both the public as a whole and of individuals within politics. Serious doubts may well arise about the very possibility of a people and its government to ever function responsibly. The idea of acting in an enlightened fashion for the good of all will be viewed as a pipe-dream. This doubt is itself the spiritual crisis. People will have doubts about themselves and their own beliefs and actions because these seem to have created the situation.

Spiritual crises are not rare—they have occurred regularly, every 40-50 years in recent centuries, The last spiritual awakening was 1960-1975, peaking around 1967, so another is predicted rather soon. This analysis supports that prediction.

ClosedConventionalist ► Transcendentalist concentrates energy:

ClosedQ: Could the transition go direct to the Communalist Mode?

Altering Beliefs

A change in beliefs is often needed when we want to accelerate personal or social change. This was evident in the corresponding Legitimist ► Individualist move up the Y-Axis within the Cycle-1, which produced ideological change. Transcendentalist values link directly to the challenge of change: but now the issue is not belief about something external (e.g. the political system, the politicians) but belief about 'my own views, attitudes and capabilities'.

Our beliefs determine our identity, and affect our integrity and morality. Any alteration in personal identity requires harnessing spiritual forces. So many will be asking themselves simple but profound questions in relation to society and government, like …Closed "Do I think that this recent political choice is right? Should government get involved with this matter? Is this a good idea or am I being bribed? How should I be supporting my local neighbourhood? How can I properly contribute to the needed consensus? Can I adapt to this policy without losing my integrity?"

Transcendental choosing like this can, of course, happen at any point by anyone: but that is a purely personal matter. The time has come for a set of principles derived from transcendentalist ethical choice to shape a new political ethos for society as a whole. This will come as a surprise to many.

In approaching this Stage-6, whenever it may emerge and strange or New Age-like as it may seem now, tapping into our deepest and truest self will be viewed as essential for political life.

Originally posted: July 2009; Last updated: 11-Apr-2014.

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